By Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Mount Vernon Road in Tupelo will reopen today at noon, weather permitting.
The city on Friday said construction work will continue after the road is reopened. Signs and flaggers will direct motorists through the project area.
The speed limit is 15 mph in the construction zone.
The road work started June 21 and was scheduled to wrap up July 11. But rain delayed the project, and the completion date was pushed back to July 29.
The road is reopening a week before the city previously announced.
For the past month, workers have blocked Mount Vernon at the city limits to lay drainage pipes for the northern loop.
The loop is a new five-lane road connecting west Tupelo to the Barnes Crossing shopping district. It crosses Mount Vernon, as well as U.S. 78 and the Natchez Trace Parkway. It’s a project of the Major Thoroughfare Program.
Only local traffic has been allowed through. Other motorists have had to take one of two detours: either from McCullough to County Road 183 and then to County Road 1740; or from North Gloster Street to Birmingham Ridge Road.